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    Paul-H
    Participant

    Hi Guys

    Just a quick heads up for those of us that watch this sort of thing

    There are a couple of program’s coming up on Discovery Realtime next week

    They are 42 stone Mum and 42 Stone Mum One year later. Don’t know if its WLS related or just diet and exercise but it follows her and her family for a year while she try’s to save her life.

    Hope its not another one of those American offerings though as I do find them very depressing seeing all that good work just going to waste.

    Paul

    #49473
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Thanks for this Paul. I must admit, I follow almost all the weight loss programs (and the re-visits) as I think the insights they give are invaluable. I have come to the conclusion (entirely my own) that whatever ‘tool’ used, the biggest hurdle is the psychological aspect of obesity.

    Almost every super-morbidly obese person has a tale of pain and misery to tell. This is the reason that judgement and bullying makes me so angry. We wear our sorrow on the outside for all to see.

    Doodah x

    #49476
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Well that one ended well didn’t it.

    Paul

    #49474
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    @Paul-H 28094 wrote:

    Well that one ended well didn’t it.

    Paul

    Didn’t get to see it Paul. Bit of a family crisis involving lots of hospital visits 🙁 What happened?

    Doodah x

    #49477
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Basically it was the same old same old

    Take a patient that is clearly incapable of understanding what’s involved in or what’s needed after WLS, add to the mix a family of feeders and enablers, and then sit back and watch her self destruct.

    It started of with her weighing just over 600 pounds and being told she needs to lose a hundred pounds before she can have her bypass, at about seven months she had lost about 70 pounds, then the weigh bed she was in stopped working so as she was on a controlled 740 calorie a day diet they knew by the time 10 months had past she would have lost the rest, right.

    Wrong by the time she went to have her bypass and was weighed again she had not only put the 70 pounds back on but another 80 pounds on top of that, she put on something like 120 pounds in 3 months, and she and the 6 daughters expected the doctors to believe she had stuck to the 750 calories a day.

    So now she is far too heavy for surgery as her surgeon had a 500lb limit. So what did they do next, they went of and found a surgeon that would work with heavier patients, and even though she had put on even more weight by the time she got her bypass, even though the new surgeon had told her and her family she must lose some weight she had put even more on.

    They in the end went ahead with her bypass and she survived the surgery, after a couple of weeks the hospital transferred her to a rehab centre to help with her recovery.

    After a couple of weeks in rehab she decided she didn’t like they way they was expecting her to work at gaining her mobility so she just phoned 911 and got an Ambulance sent to pick her up at the rehab centre and take her back to hospital, that was a first for them.

    In the end her inability to comprehend what was needed to its expected toll and after a couple of weeks she died.

    A two year story ended.

    Sorry to have to say this but the more of these programs I watch to more it is clear that some people and their families are just not capable of being helped by WLS and they should have been refused.

    One other question, how cheap is medical insurance in America, this Woman had 6 daughters some of which were still at school, she clearly had not worked for years, and was clearly never able to get a well paying job, how could she afford the sort of medical insurance that would pay for this sort of work. That sort of medical insurance over here was cost a fortune.

    Paul

    #49475
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Oh my goodness Paul, that is horrific. Not just for the woman herself but her family and all the poor clinical staff who had to look after her. I agree with you that although they seem mightily unfair sometimes, most guidelines are put in place for a very good reason.

    In my own very humble opinion, I think a period of counselling/therapy should be undertaken by everyone wanting to have wls – NHS or Private. My own GP asked me at an entirely unrelated appointment last week how I had managed to keep off my weight loss for so long. I told her by accepting and following the ‘rules’ and three years of therapy prior to surgery (plus it being my absolute last chance.) When I asked why, she told me that regain was a problem for a few of her patients and that she is now becoming reluctant to put people forward anymore. She told me that the purpose of wls is to make a happier and ultimately healthier patient and to save money for the NHS in the long term. The regain by her patients has not gone down very well with the PCT who awarded their funding. I am horrified to think that some people won’t get the funding now because a few people didn’t understand what was expected of them regarding wls.

    I can honestly say with my hand on my heart that Mr Somers and his team helped (and educated) me every step of the way. My success weigh loss wise has been so much a team effort that I have always felt a sense of ‘collective success’ with every pound lost.

    As for medical insurance in the USA, it must be very cheap!! However, it also highlights the power of the dollar – she was given wls despite the misgivings of almost everyone with whom she came into contact. A terribly sad outcome which ever way you look at it 🙁

    Doodah x

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